The IPL can’t seem to get away from stories about fixing or controversy.
A story in today’s Indian Express claims that Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta told the IPL working group she suspected a number of her players of “suspicious activities” but had failed to come forward earlier because she had no proof.
Citing anonymous sources, the story claimed that Zinta “pulled up players who she thought weren’t playing fair, dropped them from games and even put them up for auction” and that she had tipped off other franchises about the players she suspected.
While the paper was unable to reach Zinta for comment, she posted on her Facebook page after the story came out denying it in its entirety:
“This piece of article is completely false, libel per say, inaccurate and an irresponsible piece of journalism,” Zinta said. “I really would like to know who these sources are in this story?
I am very proud to be part of KXIP. We have the best team & support staff & under No circumstance will I tolerate slander towards me or my team, specially when it comes to our Integrity.
I will sincerely appreciate it, if responsible media do not try to damage our reputation & business by fueling this false article.
Zinta also put out a series of tweets denying the slant of the story and clarified what she discussed in the meeting.
I suggested RANDOM POLYGRAPH ( LIE DETECTOR) Tests to Bcci for players so no can even think about match fixing. The theory was that ... 1/1
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) August 19, 2015
Updated Date: Aug 19, 2015 18:27:23 IST